According to L’Equipe, William Saliba
will could be sidelined for a few weeks as a result of the back injury picked up during Thursday’s Europa League clash with Sporting Lisbon.
The France international hobbled off after 21 minutes on Thursday night and was replaced by Rob Holding. In his post-game press conference, Mikel Arteta wasn’t able to give an update on the seriousness of the problem but he didn’t sound overly concerned.
The 21-year-old will miss tomorrow’s match with Crystal Palace and has withdrawn from France’s upcoming internationals against Ireland and Holland.
While the Interlull will take the edge off Saliba’s injury, the fact we’re also missing Takehiro Tomiyasu, who also sustained an injury against Sporting and has pulled out of the Japan squad, makes it less likely that Ben White will be asked to renew the partnership he struck up with Gabriel Magalhaes last season.
If White stays at right-back, Rob Holding may well get the chance to deputise. So far this season, he’s played just 13 minutes in the Premier League. The other option is Jakub Kiwior who has made a single appearance in the Europa League since signing from Spezia in January.